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A Day In My Life: Grad School Interviews, Work, and Losing My Wallet

“What are you up to lately?” was a question that used to stump me. No one has the attention span for my answer because I tend to list multiple things at once. So, instead, here’s a snapshot of my day.

I woke up at 7 am, ate a banana (because who can lift weights on an empty stomach?), and worked out at the home gym. The to-do list that I made last night awaited me. My top 3 goals were to call an out-of-state grad school with a list of questions, exercise, and continue preparing for the grad school virtual interview that I had today.

I also had a Poshmark package to ship. I’m really excited for this woman to receive her Poshmark package. She is a single mom of four, and she direct-messaged me to say that this purchase is her way of treating herself. A while back, I would use the money I made from selling clothes to buy [drumroll, please…] more clothes. Now, though, all of that money is being saved in my bank account, along with the money from my part-time jobs.

I went downstairs and peeked around the corner to see if my brother was in the kitchen, which he practically moved into since the quarantine. I’ve been making fun of him for this, so I put his clothes in the dryer in reparation. Then, I made lunch (tortillas with spinach and cheese, which my friend Liz introduced me to, and which everyone hates except us). My top 3 goals were complete, so I went to the next 3.

By 1 pm, I was getting really antsy, because I had that virtual grad school interview coming up. Interviewing is hard, but try interviewing for a grad school that you really care about! When I’m nervous, my teeth start chattering, so I turned up the heat in my mom’s office enough to rival the temperatures in Hell.

The best way to beat nervousness is by over-preparing.

I prepared for this interview over the span of 3 days. I researched everything from APA internship match rate to faculty, and I was READY. I got really lucky with my interviewer. For starters, he was a UCLA alumnus, and he knew I was too. “Go Bruins!” he said, smiling at me. I smiled back, baffled by this magnificent stroke of luck. He complimented me on starting college at age 14 and was generally just an amazing person. I forgot my nervousness and gave some of the best answers I’ve ever given in an interview. The group interview was harder. We had an ethical dilemma to discuss, but I think I gave it my best shot. Fun fact: grad school interviews can last 3+ hours!

The interview ended, and then I had work. I work part-time for a company called Continuity Care. They’ve been letting us continue (no pun intended) to work. I worked for a few hours, deposited last week’s check online, and then had a dance-off with my sister. We’ve been obsessed with the Gaston song (No one’s slick as Gaston, No one’s quick as Gaston…!). I know this song is ridiculous for a 19-year-old to dance to, but here we are.

I also work part-time for my mom’s psychology practice, so right after I finish this blog post, I have a few assessments to score. Luckily, having a mom for an employer means that you are allowed to take time off for grad school interviews, AND she wants to know how they went!

Lastly, if you know me, you know that I am not the most organized girl. I lose my phone, lose my wallet, and lose my mind trying to find those items. On today’s episode of: What Did Vera Lose?, we have one lost wallet. Moving my laundry to the dryer enabled me to find it, soaked, at the bottom of the pile. At least it’s clean?

So, that’s my day. The next time someone asks what I’ve been up to, I can send them this blogpost!


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Hi everyone! I started my doctorate in clinical psychology in fall 2020. A google search revealed that there are no current grad school blogs for psychology students. Anyway, I happen to know a girl who wants to document her journey to getting a doctorate (spoiler: it's me). Welcome. Hope you stay awhile!

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